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Green-winged Macaw (Ara chloropterus)

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by Terry Costales

The Green-winged Macaw goes by many names: Greenwing Macaw, Red and Green Macaw and Green Wing Macaw. They are one of the largest and gentlest of all the Macaws.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I was able to get nice close-ups of the harbor seals because I used a telephoto lens. If the boat had come this close they would have been disturbed and swum away.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

Bette Davis eyes? Bedroom eyes? Puppy dog eyes? They've got nothing on harbor seal eyes! The little slit behind the eye is the ear which is an easy way to distinguish it from a sea lion with its little external ear.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

Harbor seals are close to the top of the cute list, right up there next to sea otters. We saw close to eighty harbor seals that day, most of them lying on shore watching us watching them.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

This group shot of harbor seals illustrates their cuteness and wide variations in colors.

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Blue-and-Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)

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by Terry Costales

A loud, large, parrot looking quite handsome.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

The Harbor Seal was very curious about us as we motored past, but not curious enough to actually move.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I love the pattern of this seal's fur, but I would never entertain the idea of taking it away from her to use for myself.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

This is a close-up of the same Pelican I posted yesterday,

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

A very pregnant Harbor Seal looking quite pleased with herself.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

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by Terry Costales

This Capybara needs a good brushing.

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Macaws

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by Terry Costales

Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

Two Harbor Seal were of quite different fur colors but all the whiskers were blonde.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

(582 views)
by Terry Costales

The pelican glides effortlessly over the surface of the sea.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

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by Terry Costales

A large group of pelicans were perched on the fish processing equipment.

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Anna's Hummingbird

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by Terry Costales

A male Anna's hummingbird perches on Neptunes' trident. I was surprised to see a hummingbird stay still for so long.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

Portrait of a large male sea lion sleepily surveying his domain.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

Sea Lions swam in and out of sunlight and shade beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz.

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Lion (Panthera leo)

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by Terry Costales

The lion demonstrated camouflage.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

This photo shows a sea lion swimming in the late afternoon sunlight beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz. Lovely light on a lovely animal.

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Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus)

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by Terry Costales

The Spectacled Bear is the only bear that comes from South America. I hope this unique and beautiful endangered bear survives.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

(580 views)
by Terry Costales

Pelican posed aboard an old fishing boat.

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American Coot (Fulica americana)

(580 views)
by Terry Costales

The coot is a common bird found just about everywhere there is fresh water. The coot is not a duck but a rail. It doesn't have the typical flat bill of a duck and its feet are quite different, not webbed but lobed.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

(580 views)
by Terry Costales

Here is a view of a pelican you don't usually see. A head on view of its enormous bill.

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